Zero discrimination Day

(Times of India)

Context:

  • Zero discrimination Day is observed on the 1st of March every year by the United Nations and other affiliated international institutions.

  • Its main aim is to highlight the dire need to take measures to end the inequalities.

  • The objective is to make an egalitarian society irrespective of income, sex, age, health status, occupation, disability, sexual orientation, drug use, gender identity, race, class, ethnicity, and religion.

 

Concern:

  • According to a report of  UNAIDS, inequality is increasing for more than 70% of the global population.

  • It runs the risk of classification among the people and straining the economic and social development.

  • Especially this year, due to Covid-19 the effect on the vulnerable people is the most.

  • Even when the vaccine is available in sufficient numbers, having access to that seems a pale dream.

 

The theme for the 2021 event:

  • Ending inequality is the theme for this year’s event.

 

Extra info:

  • It was launched by UNAIDS director Michel Sidibé on World Aids Day in 2013.

  • First observed on March 1, 2014, the event is important to organizations such as UNAIDS that work in fighting discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS.

Daily Current Affairs 01 March 2021

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